Here’s a Place to Put your 2012 MLB Predictions

SBG talked about a contest, but really I just want to BS about expectations. This in no way should replace any contest, but games are starting soon (four teams already have finished games), and we should do this before we know more.

Typical things to venture:
Division Champs: ALC, ALW, ALE, NLC, NLW, NLE
Two wild cards per league (feel free to rank them, I won't)
World Series winner and loser.

Also postseason awards, one each per league:
Most Valuable Players
Cy Young Awardees
Managers of the Year
Rookies of the Year
Comeback Players of the Year

If you feel like making further-out guesses, there are Golden Gloves, Silver Sluggers, All-Star starters, All-Star reserves, and MVPs for each of the following: ASG, ALCS, NLCS, and World Series.

Go at it.

53 thoughts on “Here’s a Place to Put your 2012 MLB Predictions”

  1. Here goes:
    AL Divisions: Royals, Rangers, and Blue Jays
    NL Divisions: Cards, Giants, amd Marlins
    Wild Cards: Angels v. Tigers, Braves v. Phillies
    World Series: Cardinals over Royals

    MVPs: Pujols (LAA), Reyes (MIA)
    CYs: Verlander (DET), Lohse (STL)
    MOYs: Farrell (TOR), Guillen (MIA)
    ROYs: Darvish (TEX), Harper (WAS)
    Comebacks: Mauer (MIN), Santana (NYM)

      1. Part of the logic is good new uniforms = good new play, and I picked Baltimore last year.
        No ALE team as a WC, because I see four-team parity and unbalanced schedule making wins harder to come by. Plus, Showalter's still in Baltimore, and he's gonna get the team to the cusp before someone else gets them to the promised land.

        If one doesn't buy the Jays, then Yost is clearly the frontrunner for MOY.

      2. AMR's $1M magic number: 163 162. Thanks, Arencibia and Cyanocittas!
        (Yeah, I know it's really still 163, because all BAL, NYY, and TBR still haven't lost pace for the second WC.)

          1. Did sean buy you a beer too? See what happens when you buy us tickets to Ha Ha Tonka and Lydia (which I may take you up on)!

              1. 🙂 funny, that's exactly what I thought when I cashed out.
                Edit: I assume you were being funny? If not, we got hosered.

                1. There were 11 drinks on the bill. Now, that's way more than I drank, but fewer than the total we quaffed. AMR and spoons just owe me a beer or two.

            1. Sean bought me a beer because I asked him to, and that I'd get him back sometime. (I thought he'd be coming to Apple Valley the next night.)

              1. I got you a beer because you had no cash handy and I knew I'd be catching a game (or more?) with you this summer. I was trying to make joak and accept your concert/album offer at the same time. I bought Spooky a beer in consideration of his previous evening's "interactions" with his broheim.

                sean - I think I paid for 6 drinks (4 me, and the aforementioned 2) and my onion rings.

  2. ALE: Yankees (reverse psychology)
    ALC: Tigers (just being honest)
    ALW: Rangers
    WC1: Rays
    WC2: Angels

    NLE: Phillies
    NLC: Reds
    NLW: Giants
    WC1: Cardinals
    WC2: D-backs

    World Series: Reds over Yankees

    AL MVP: Pujols
    NL MVP: Braun
    AL CY: Verlander
    NL Cy: Halladay

    Can't do the others

  3. ALC: Tigers
    ALW: Rangers
    ALE: Yankees
    AL WC: Angels and Toronto (ok, that's crazy, right? Still, part of me wants to believe in them).

    NLC: Reds
    NLW: Giants
    NLE: Phillies
    NL WC: Braves, Marlins

    World Series - Phillies over Rangers. Haha Texas.

    AL MVP: Granderson (gag)
    AL CY: Verlander
    NL MVP: Reyes
    NL CY: Lincecum

  4. ALE:
    Rays
    Yankees
    Red Sox
    Blue Jays
    Orioles

    ALC:
    Tigers
    Indians
    Royals
    Twins
    White Sox

    ALW:
    Rangers
    Angels
    Athletics
    Mariners

    NLE:
    Phillies
    Nationals
    Braves
    Marlins
    Mets

    NLC:
    Reds
    Cardinals
    Brewers
    Pirates
    Cubs
    Astros

    NLW:
    Diamondbacks
    Giants
    Rockies
    Dodgers
    Padres

    MVPs: Cano, J. Upton
    Cys: Shields, Lincecum
    ROYs: M. Moore, Harper

    WCs: Yankees over Angels, Giants over Nationals
    ALDS: Rangers over Yankees, Rays over Tigers
    NLDS: Phillies over Giants, Diamondbacks over Reds
    ALCS: Rangers over Rays
    NLCS: Diamondbacks over Phillies
    WS: Rangers over Diamondbacks

  5. I copied and pasted DK's thing, and had to change a remarkably small amount of it to get it to where I wanted it.

    ALE:
    Rays
    Yankees
    Red Sox
    Blue Jays
    Orioles

    ALC:
    Tigers
    Royals
    Twins
    Indians
    White Sox

    ALW:
    Rangers
    Angels
    Athletics
    Mariners

    NLE:
    Phillies
    Braves
    Nationals
    Marlins
    Mets

    NLC:
    Reds
    Cardinals
    Brewers
    Pirates
    Cubs
    Astros

    NLW:
    Diamondbacks
    Giants
    Rockies
    Dodgers
    Padres

    MVPs: Cano, J. Upton
    Cys: Verlander, Lincecum
    ROYs: Darvish, Harper

    WCs: Yankees def. Red Sox, Giants def. Braves
    ALDS: Rays def. Yankees, Rangers def. Tigers
    NLDS: Phillies def. Giants, Diamondbacks def. Reds
    ALCS: Rays def. Rangers
    NLCS: Diamondbacks def. Phillies
    WSS: Diamondbacks def. Rays

  6. AL Central - Twins
    AL East - Twins
    AL West - Twins
    AL Wildcard 1 - Twins
    AL Wildcard 2 - Twins

    AL Champion - Twins

    NL Central - Twins
    NL East - Twins
    NL West - Twins
    NL Wildcard 1 - Twins
    NL Wildcard 2 - Twins

    NL Champion - Twins

    World Series - Twins over Twins

    AL MVP - Joe Mauer
    AL Cy Young - Joe Mauer
    AL ROY - Joe Mauer
    NL MVP - Michael Cuddyer
    NL Cy Young - Joe Mauer
    NL ROY - Joe Mauer

  7. (caveat - this year sucks)
    Division Champs: Tigers, Angels, Yankees, Cardinals, Giants, Phillies
    Wild Cards: BoSox, Rangers, Braves, Diamondbacks
    WS: Phillies over Angels

    MVPs: Pujols, Berkman
    CYs: Verlander, Halladay
    Managers: Yost, Bochy
    Rookies: Hendriks, Minor League Guy
    Comeback: Morneau, Thome

  8. Well here goes nothing.

    AL West: Angels, Rangers (WC), Mariners, Athletics.
    AL Central: Tigers, Twins (2 GB), Royals, Indigenous Persons, White Sox.
    AL East: Rays, Red Sox (WC), Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles.

    NL West: Giants, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Rockies, Padres.
    NL Central: Brewers, Reds (WC), Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs, Astros.
    NL East: Phillies, Braves (WC), Nationals, Marlins, Mets.

    AL Cy Young: Jon Lester, NL Cy Young: Zack Greinke.
    AL Most Valuable Player: Joe Mauer, NL Most Valuable Player: Joey Votto.
    AL Rookie of the Year: Matt Moore, NL Rookie of the Year: Bryce Harper.
    AL Comeback Player of the Year: Justin Morneau, NL Comeback Player of the Year: Johan Santana.

    The Tigers will have the worst defense in the majors, and it will be hilarious.

    1. I can't wait for rollerskates to start getting on the nerves of the motor city faithful...it will be hilarious.

    2. AL Central: Tigers, Twins (2 GB)
      You really think the Tigers can win the division with 78 wins?

  9. AL Least: Rays, Yanks (WC), Blue Jays, Red Sox, Orioles
    AL Central: Tiggers, Twins, Royals, Indians, White Sox
    AL West: Rangers, Angels (WC), A's, Mariners

    NL East: Phillies, Nats (WC), Braves, Marlins, Mets
    NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers (WC), Reds, Pirates, Cubs, Astros
    NL West: Giants, DBacks, Dodgers, Rockies, Padres

    ALDS: Rangers over Angels, Tigers over Rays
    ALCS: Rangers over Tigers
    NLDS: Nats over Phillies, Giants over Cardinals
    NLCS: Giants over Nats
    WS: Rangers (finally) over Giants

    MVPs: Longoria, Zimmerman
    CYAs: King Felix, Lee
    ROYs: Montero, Aoki
    Comeback: Mauer, Strasburg

  10. Division Champs: ALC: Detroit ALW: Rangers ALE: Tampa NLC: St. Louis NLW: Arizona NLE: Atlanta
    Two wild cards per league: New York Yankees, Seattle. Philadelphia, Cincinnati
    World Series winner and loser: Rangers over St. Louis

      1. I dig it. While I think the consensus AL5 are the most likely 5 teams from the AL, I think it's more likely that not all five will make it than that all five will.

        I feel it's like picking all #1s in an NCAA bracket.

      2. I felt I had to take a shot on some surprise team. Why not a team that plays most of its game when everyone is asleep.

  11. AL Divisions: E - Rays, C - Tigers, W - Rangers
    NL Divisions: E - Phillies, C - Cards, W - Giants
    Wild Cards: Angels/Yankme's, Brewers/Marlins
    LCS: Rangers/Tigers, Giants/Phillies
    World Series: Tigers/Giants - Giants win it

    MVPs: Granderson (NYY), Votto (CIN)
    CYs: Liriano (MIN), Kershaw (LAD)
    MOYs: Farrell (TOR), Bochy (SF)
    ROYs: Parmelee (MIN), Harper (WAS)
    Comebacks: Mauer (MIN), Santana (NYM)

    1. Did you come up with Farrell, Mauer, & Santana on your own?
      (I mean, no one's talked about Toronto much that I've heard.)

      1. Crap, Farrell was inadvertantly left in my copy/paste job of your selection format. Should have been Wedge. Mauer and Santana - yes.

  12. D:Yankees, Twins, LAAAAA
    WC: Rays, Rangers

    D:Marlins, Cards, Rockies
    WC: Brewers, Philly

    ALCS: LAAAAA over Rangers
    NLCS: Cards over Rockies

    WS: Cards over LAAAAAA

    1. Finally, someone else picks not Tigers from ALC.

      I picked the Cards to repeat because when the Cards look good but flawed, that's when they win the whole thing.
      Your reason?

      1. I think the Cards more than made up for what they lost in Pujols. I really like Beltran, he is one of my top 5 favorite non-Twins of all time and I want to root for the guy. I want to believe that a team's parts are more important than one player. The Cards made a lot of good moves this off-season, have a great bullpen, and an above average starting rotation. Plus, you have to think those guys have a chip on their shoulders with Albert leaving.

        As for the Tigers, well, I think, after the Twins, I am going to watch more of their games than any other team. I am legitimately interested in watching a team that doesn't care about defense in anyway at all. I just don't see how they win more than 83-85 games. With that said, I think the Twins, if everything breaks right, could win 86 games, for sure.

  13. Divisions: E - Rays, C - Twins, W - Rangers
    WC: Yankees, Angels

    Divisions: E - Phillies, C - Reds, W - Giants
    WC: Brewers, Diamondbacks

    ALCS: Rangers over Rays
    NLCS: Phillies over Giants

    WS: Rangers over Phillies

    AL MVP: Evan Longoria
    NL MVP: Justin Upton
    CYA: Francisco Liriano
    CYN: Roy Halladay
    AL MGR: Ron Gardenhire
    NL MGR: Bruce Bochy
    AL ROY: Yu Darvish
    NL ROY: Bryce Harper
    AL Comeback: Justin Morneau
    NL Comeback: Steven Strasburg

  14. Divisions: E - Rays, C - Twins, W - Angels
    WC: Yankees, Rangers

    Divisions: E - Braves, C - Cardinals, W - Diamondbacks
    WC: Marlins, Rockies

    ALCS: Twins over Angels (Revenge!)
    NLCS: Diamondbacks over Cardinals

    WS: Twins over Diamondbacks

    AL MVP: Joe Mauer
    NL MVP: Jason Kubel
    CYA: Francisco Liriano
    CYN: R.A. Dickey
    AL MGR: Ron Gardenhire
    NL MGR: Ozzie Guillen
    AL ROY: Liam Hendricks
    NL ROY: Rob Delaney
    AL Comeback: Justin Morneau
    NL Comeback: Johan Santana

    1. OK, so Dickey is CY, Johan is Comeback, yet the Mets aren't in the playoffs.
      I'm guessing that means the Mets don't call up Chuck James even though Rauch and the rest of the bullpen sucks.

          1. I will be at the Bisons home opener on Wednesday. I will give him my best.

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